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Deciphering Sorabji’s Handwriting
Sorabji’s handwriting is very often extremely challenging to decipher, especially in the later years, when the composer suffered from arthritis. Some of his words may even resist the expertise of three people with experience in reading his handwriting. Here are examples of contexts that make the task very arduous:
This page offers a classification of the letters of the alphabet according to various categories based on their aspect as a handy tool. Having the table below handy when transcribing a document can often help.
Further tools are (1) the website More Words, which makes it possible to replace illegible individual letters with a hyphen, groups of letters with an asterisk and produce a list of possible matches, and (2) the Spell Utility that comes with Corel WordPerfect, which does the same thing using its dictionary.
Click on a column heading to sort, then shift-click on other headings to sort on multiple columns.
Surround strings with quotation marks for specific searches. Refresh the page to revert to the initial order.
|Letters without descenders||a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x, z|
|Letters with ascenders||b, d, f, h, k, l, t|
|Letters with descenders||g, j, p, y, (z)|
|Letters with ascenders and descenders||(f)|
|Letters with an “o” shape||a, b, c, d, g, o, p, q|
|Narrow letters||i, j, l, t|
|Wide letters||m, (n), w|
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